Hidden Histories of Peace

We need your help! Through 2016, Wales for Peace will be supporting volunteers and community groups across Wales to explore their hidden histories, and to start sharing their stories publicly to bring together Wales' 'peace heritage' story. We will be working initially with groups exploring the histories of:

  • Wales at War: Soldiers' Stories - the individuals behind the names in the Welsh Book of Remembrance.
  • Belief and Action - the experience of Conscientious Objectors to war, including Quakers, Nonconformists and other Faith groups.
  • Communities hosting refugees - over 4,500 Belgian Refugees lived in Welsh communities 2014-2019.
  • Peace and Goodwill - the Urdd's global message broadcast from the youth of Wales to the world every year since 1922.
  • Women to the Front - from 1920s Peacemakers' Pilgrimage and the League of Nations, to Greenham Common.
  • Standing in Solidarity - Welsh participation in global solidarity movements, from the Spanish Civil War to Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid and CND, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Do you know a Hidden History that could be shared? We can provide community groups and volunteers with support, training, help accessing funding, or with sharing your memories directly. Download our Hidden Histories contact form and send to walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk - or contact our Coordinators for:
  • North Wales - Hanna Huws, 01248 672104
  • South Wales - Ffion Fielding, 029 2082 1051
  • Learning and Schools projects - Jane Harries, 029 2082 1051
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Soldiers' Stories: Trevor Lewis, Aberystwyth

"the first local funeral from the front... there was general manifestation of sorrow, the streets lined along the route and the blinds of houses and businesses were drawn." Cambrian News, September 1916

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Soldiers' Stories: James Jim Macey, Rhondda

Sergeant James "Jim" Macey played in the 1914 Christmas Eve match between Welsh and German soldiers. His leg amputated at the Battle of the Somme, he was awarded the Military Medal - and threw it away twice.

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Conscience and Choice: Niclas y Glais, Swansea Valley

A Conscientious Objector who opposed WW1, Thomas Nicholas was a poet and preacher from Swansea who became a lifelong peace activist.

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Peacebuilders: The North Wales Women's Peace Pilgrimage, 1926

Many women in North Wales were active in campaigns for peace in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Read about the Peacemakers' Pilgrimage.

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